Salt in His Shoes

Salt in His Shoes

Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream

By Deloris Jordan; Roslyn M. Jordan (Joint Author); Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Hardcover, 9780689833717, 32pp.

Publication Date: November 2000


Michael Jordan.

The mere mention of the name conjures up visions of basketball played at its absolute best. But as a child, Michael almost gave up on his hoop dreams, all because he feared he'd never grow tall enough to play the game that would one day make him famous. That's when his mother and father stepped in and shared the invaluable lesson of what really goes into the making of a champion -- patience, determination, and hard work.

Deloris Jordan, mother of the basketball phenomenon, teams up with his sister Roslyn to tell this heartwarming and inspirational story that only the members of the Jordan family could tell. It's a tale about faith and hope and how any family working together can help a child make his or her dreams come true.

About the Author
Deloris Jordan is Michael Jordan's mother and the coauthor of "Salt in His Shoes, " illustrated by Kadir Nelson, which "Booklist" called "inspirational;" "Did I Tell You I Love You Today?", illustrated by Shane W. Evans, which was called "a tender read-aloud" by "Kirkus Reviews"; and "Dream Big". She is also the author of "Family First: Winning the Parenting Game", a book highlighting the seven principles of parenting. Through her work with the James Jordan Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, as well as the Jordan Institute for Families at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mrs. Jordan is widely regarded as an advocate for children and families. The mother of five children and the grandmother of eleven, Mrs. Jordan lives in Chicago.

Roslyn M. Jordan is Michael Jordan's sister and the coauthor, with Deloris Jordan, of "Salt in His Shoes" and "Did I Tell You I Love You Today?" She lives in Chicago.

Kadir Nelson won the 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrator Honor for Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. He received Caldecott Honors for Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, for which he also garnered a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and won an NAACP Image Award. Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange won a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. Nelson's authorial debut, We Are the Ship, was a New York Times bestseller, a Coretta Scott King Author Award winner, and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book. He is also the author and illustrator of the acclaimed Baby Bear.

Praise For Salt in His Shoes

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books A picture-book winner.

Boston Herald [A] slam-dunk effort.

Chicago magazine An inspiring piece of Jordaniana.

Kirkus Reviews Soul-satisfying.

Miami Herald The power of myth-in-the-making.